Dutch Banks: Commitments and progress

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Netherlands - This Commitments case study focuses on commitments made by Dutch banking groups in the case studies that have been published by the Eerlijke Bankwijzer (Fair Bank Guide) from 2009 until 2013. The present case study describes relevant and measurable steps by Dutch banking groups in line with the recommendations mentioned in the case studies. These case studies covered the following topics:
 Controversial arms and controversial arms trade (2009 and 2013)
 Renewable power generation (2010 and 2012)
 Labour rights in the garment sector (2010)
 Human rights in the extractive industries (2011 and 2013)
 Animal welfare (2011 and 2013)
 Transparency and accountability (2011 and 2013)
 Land acquisition (2012)
 Labour rights and shipbreaking (2012)

Some of the banking groups have made commitments during or after publication of the various case studies. During the research process of some of the case studies, some banks responded positively to a request from the Fair Bank Guide to commit to develop and use instruments in order to manage the ESG risks addressed in the case study.

In other case studies banks made (implicit) commitments as well, without being asked explicitly to do so. For the present case study, we have asked the banking groups whether they have met their earlier - explicit and implicit - commitments. Additionally, we asked for updates since the publication of the various case studies and we followed up on data and information published in the case study reports.

This case study focuses on the following ten banking groups active in the Dutch market, which are covered at present by the Fair Bank Guide:
 ABN Amro Bank
 Aegon
 ASN Bank
 Delta Lloyd
 Rabobank
 SNS Reaal
 Triodos Bank
 Van Lanschot


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